Pilsudski Institute Searching For A New Place

By on February 21, 2014

Rzezba_Ostrowskiego_ytutuforwebThe year 2013 is shaping up as one of many successes, but also one of unpleasant surprises concerning our Institute. At the end of the year we were informed that the building where we have been located for the last twenty years will be put up for sale by the owner, the Polish National Alliance. (The Pilsudski Institute is located at 180 Second Ave. in New York City). We must, therefore launch a search for a new place. We are considering both rental and purchase and appealing to all those who value the significance of the Institute for Poles and Polish Americans, to assist us in finding the appropriate location in the New York area, as well as for financial support.

The Jozef Pilsudski Institute of America is celebrating the seventieth anniversary of its foundation this year. It is not only an institution with a long history, but one that had distinguished itself through unstinting service to Poles, both in Poland and abroad, carrying out research and popularising Polish history and culture. It is also a place of Polish conviviality and patriotic atmosphere, attracting visitors from around the world. The Institute fulfils its mission, maintaining extensive collections of documents, books, photographs, maps, a library, a gallery of paintings, and making its resources available both on site and online. Every year academics from the USA and Europe make use of our resources, we respond to numerous queries concerning documents, researchers utilize photographs from our collections for their publications, and film producers for their documentaries.

Today the Institute holds over 1.5 million pages of unique documents concerning the history of Poland from 1863 until the present. Among our multiple tasks, we treat the digitisation of  our archival collections as a priority, preserving them from deterioration and oblivion.

Przy_pracy_digitalizacjaforweb  In recent years the Institute has been organizing 25 programs per year, by way of  conferences, encounters with authors, educational meetings with young people, monthly film projections, promotion of historical books and publications, as well as offering awards to many outstanding individuals  during our gala events specially organised for such occasions.

We are certain that we can count on the support of Polish organisations and of individual friends of the Institute and we are launching a fund-raising campaign to finance a new location. All contributions will bring us closer to our aim of securing a new home and of continuing our designated mission.

With kind regards,
Executive Committee
Pilsudski Institute of America

IJP_obraz_JPforwebPayments can be made:
– by check made out to Pilsudski Institute of America
− online on web page: http://www.pilsudski.org/portal/pl/donacje/oplaty-i-donacje
− in Poland : Bank PKO SA, konto NRB 7712401066 1111 0000 0022 0987

Pilsudski Institute is a non-profit organization. Contributions are deductible for  income tax purposes.

For more information write to: Jozef Pilsudski Institute, 180 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003.